1. Superior Quarterback play. 2010 Tom Brady - 36 TDs 4 INTs 111 Passer rating, #1 in the NFL Mark Sanchez - 17s TD 13 INTs 75.3 Passer rating, good for #27 in the NFL. To put the QB ratings in perspective, only 4 QBs in the entire NFL had a worse passer rating: Fossilized Brett Favre, Derek Anderson, Matt Hasselbeck, and Jimmy Clausen. Now look at the TD-INT ratio. Tom Brady throws an astounding 9 TDs per INT he gives up. Sanchez meanwhile throws nearly as many INTs as TDs. Overall he has produced less than half the TD passes as well. One has to wonder if Sanchez' playbook has been 'dumbed down' or whether he's just not very good at producing scoring opportunities with his arm. It could be a combination of both. Tom Brady is the best QB in the league this year. Mark Sanchez is not even an average QB. Just compare their play over the course of this season and it becomes evident who is the better QB. Brady orchestrates his offense to multiple scores each game. He has mastered the Pats offensive system. Sanchez barely manages not to kill his team with his mediocre play. In fact he got so bad at one point that Rex Ryan admitted that he considered benching him. Sanchez is prone to struggling when the going gets tough. The Sanchez led Jets backed into the playoffs losing 3 out of the last 5 regular season games. He barely led the Jets to a 1 pt victory over the Colts with a QB ating of 62.4. Giving up as many INTs in that game as TD passes. 1 to 1. Not exactly a confidence inspiring outing. The Jets won in spite of Sanchez. Factor in Brady's experience factor, Sanchez shaky play and tendency to lose confidence and we have a game that can quickly go downhill if Sanchez makes just a few negative plays to start the game. 2. Winning the Turnover battle. 2010 Pats defense +28 TOs Jets defense +9 TOs We hear a lot about Revis and Cromartie but would you believe that the Jets secondary is medicore at producing turnovers? The 2010 NY Jets only forced 12 INTs on defense. Tied for #25 overall. On the other hand the Pats secondary forced 25 INTs. #1 in the NFL. Winning the turnover battle is crucial and highly correlates with victory. It's no coincidence that the Pats gave up the fewest turnovers in the league over the final 8 games and didn't lose a single one of them. 3. Highest scoring offense in the NFL. 2010 Pats 32.4 ppg #1 Jets offense 22.9 ppg #13 It's no secret that the Pats possess the most potent offense in the NFL. Strong offenses can win Superbowls, especially with today's rules that favor passing, protect the QB, and protect WRs. We witnessed last year that a strong offense plus a good enough defense that can force turnovers can win a championship. If the game turns into a shootout, I'll take my chances with our offense versus the Jets offense. They just cannot keep up in that type of game. Nor are they a quick strike offense that is good from coming from behind. The Pats are always in any ballgame with their offense. 4. Homefield Advantage and Special Teams Tom Brady hasn't lost at home for 26 straight games and the Patriots are 8-0 this season at home. The 12th man will be bringing the noise next Sunday. The Gilette crowd can get loud when they want to and have greatly improved in this area. On special teams, Tate and Edelman have scored 3 special teams touchdowns for the Pats. The Jets on the other hand have 0 return touchdowns on the season. The special teams can be an X factor advantage for the Pats. 5. Coaching and Team Unity And last but not least the difference in coaching. Bill Belichick has won 3 Superbowls with the Pats and 2 more with the Giants. Not only does he have the experience but he is incredibly good at creating gameplans and schemes that take away what an opponent does best. Perhaps just as importantly the team buys into what he's selling. Everyone shares the same team attitude and is focused on one goal, winning the Superbowl. Factor in that the Pats staff has an extra week to prepare and its players an extra week to get healthy and the advantage is clear. Rex Ryan on the other hand is a blowhard and a media harlot. The press loves quoting him because he often inserts foot into mouth, figuratively as well as literally. His team meanwhile is comprised of individualists who love touting themselves and talking trash. Lady Tomlinson is just one example of this. This Jets team also was visibly shaken and lost their 'swagger' after the Pats crushed them 45-3. Ryan decided to have lunch with the sulky Sanchez to smooth things over. But his team still lost consequently to the Dolphins managing only 6 points of total offense. As far as mental toughness goes, the Jets clearly don't have as much as the Patriots. The Jets talk loudly but they don't always back up their brash words with their play on the field. Like the neighborhood bully, once you knock them off their perch they don't recover easily. Meanwhile they give up a ton of bulletin board material for their opponents to use. Bravado is one thing but it can and will be turned against you. When you examine all the various factors coming into this game, you come away with one conclusion. The Jets should be the ones worrying about the Pats. They better hope they didn't shoot their load against the Colts. Because the Pats are an even better team than the shorthanded one in Indy that the Jets barely beat. Now let loose the dogs of war! The Patriots will show no mercy to their division foe come Sunday.